Pakistan asks Iran to act on militants behind Baluchistan killings

Pakistan asks Iran to act on militants behind Baluchistan killings

Qureshi said Pakistan has decide to fence the border, just as it has started fencing its frontier with Afghanistan.

"The issue of security at borders was another issue we discussed".

He also said that Iran is ready to sell oil to Pakistan. The steps include setting up a new Southern command in Turbat for vigilance and prompt action and establishing joint border centres.

"We have authentic information about the Baloch terrorists groups who have their training camps and hideouts in border areas of Iran near Pakistan border which they are using against Pakistan", Shah Mahmood Qureshi said at a press conference, aired by state-run PTV News. "It is the issue of terrorism which has caused differences and it was important to take this trip", the prime minister remarked.

The Foreign Office, in a letter to the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad, said, "15-20 terrorists who camouflaged themselves in Frontier Corps (FC) uniform barricaded the road and stopped 3-4 buses travelling from Ormara to Gwadar on the coastal highway at Buzi Top in the dawn of April 18 and on the identification of the passengers, shot dead 14 personnel belonging to the armed forces of Pakistan".

Pakistani PM Khan pledged that his government would not allow Pakistani soil to be used by armed groups against any country. "We need dialogue to find a political solution".

"I am pleased that the Prime Minister has reiterated that his country will never take part in any military or war coalition and the two countries are determined to see peace and security prevail in the whole region", he said.

Since independence from Britain in 1947, Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan and is claimed by both sides.

"Pakistan has maintained a delicate balance in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran", said the analyst.

He also said, "Iran and Pakistan will not allow interference in their brotherly and friendly relations".

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday arrived on his first-ever two-day official visit to Iran to promote bilateral relations, amid tensions in ties over the killing of 14 Pakistani security personnel by militants who allegedly came from the neighbouring country.

The victims were not initially identified and it was speculated they could be Shia Muslims and ethnic workers from Punjab, but later it emerged that they were security personnel, majority associated with the Pakistan Navy.

"The first time I came here was in the 1970s".

On Monday, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding in health and medical fields in the presence of Rouhani and Khan.

Prime Minister Imran is accompanied by a delegation comprising Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Zafarullah Mirza and Special Assistant on Petroleum Nadeem Baber.

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